• Sunset at Lake Mead's Boulder Basin

    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

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    The Nevada Department of Transportation reopened a northbound and southbound lane of Interstate 15 Sept. 12; therefore, Lake Mead National Recreation Area entrance fees will resume Sept. 14. More »

  • Important Notice to Mariners

    Lake Mead water elevations will be declining throughout the summer. Before launching, check lake levels, launch ramp conditions, changes to Aids to Navigation and weather conditions by clicking on More »

  • Areas of Park Impacted by Storm Damage

    Strong storms rolled through Lake Mead National Recreation Area Aug. 3-4, causing damage to some areas of the park. Crews are working to restore the below locations. Debris may be present in other areas of the park, as well, especially in the backcountry. More »


Learn the history of Boulder City

Boulder City was designed to be a model city. It was built by the Six Companies and U.S. Government to provide homes for the men building Boulder (now Hoover) Dam.more...

Learn the history of Boulder Beach Area

The Boulder Beach area saw much activity during the construction of the dam. The U.S. Government Railroad was built from Boulder City to the dam site proceeding down Hemenway Wash in 1931.more...

Learn the history of Callville Bay

Seeing the viability of steamboat travel to transport supplies and immigrants, Mormon leader Brigham Young recruited Bishop Anson Call to establish a colony and build a warehouse on the Colorado River.more...

Learn the history of Echo Bay

Salt mines now under Lake Mead waters in the Echo Bay area, as well as near former St. Thomas, were once mined by Indians. The miners, using stone tools, would chip a circular groove into the salt, forming a knob which they would break off and carry away for their use and for trading.


Learn the history of Overton Beach

The Basketmaker Indians lived at Lost City, also called Pueblo Grande de Nevada, on the Muddy River near the Virgin River probably before 500 A.D. Pueblo Grande de Nevada, or Lost City, is an unfortunate choice of names, since it applies to the whole complex of villages scattered along the Virgin and Muddy Valleys.


Learn the history of Temple Bar

Daniel Bonelli left St. Thomas after it was abandoned in 1871. He built his home at Junction City, at the mouth of the Virgin River, and renamed it Rioville. Bonelli raised cattle and agricultural crops, and mined salt for sale to the miners from Temple Bar to El Dorado.more...

Learn the history of Meadview Area

The Meadview area includes the areas of South Cove, Pearce Ferry and Grand Wash. Meadview is a small community located on the southern and eastern boundary of the recreational area and about 10 miles from both Pearce Ferry and South Cove. It is almost an inholding, being surrounded on three sides by recreational area lands.more...

Learn the history of Willow Beach

From artifacts found along the Colorado River, Willow Beach might have been a prehistoric trading center. The Basketmaker Indians from Lost City started camping at Willow Beach around 250 B.C.more...

Learn the history of Cottonwood

Cottonwood Island, quite lush with grasses and cottonwood trees, was a perfect place for the miners to raise their stock.more...

Learn the history of Katherine Landing

Bullhead City was named for Bull's Head Rock, an old landmark located along the Colorado River. In the years of steamboat travel up the river, it was used as a navigation point.more...

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A wash in a Wilderness Area

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered." -- Nelson Mandela